New Component of Texas Accountability System: FASTLE

May 13, 2012

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Fiscal Accountability System for Texas Legislation in Education (FASTLE) I wrote this in response to Representative Aycock‚Äôs request for ideas on improving the accountability system. Unfortunately, he chose not to publish this suggestion. Perhaps he thought I was not serious (I am) or that it would never pass the Legislature (he is correct). I think […]

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The Priorities of DC Public Schools

February 16, 2012

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Much has been written about the investigations into cheating in DC public schools. While the investigations are ongoing, the evidence suggests either cheating or some massive teaching to the test efforts. Neither cheating nor teaching to the test benefits children in any way. In his 2008 book entitled “Measuring Up: What Do Test Scores Really […]

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Letter from an IDEA Mother

January 22, 2012

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Below are two e-mails I received from a mother whose child attends an IDEA elementary school. I am using her letter with permission. I have changed the gender of the child to neutral language and redacted certain information to protect her identity. Also, I typically do not use unsolicited, unverifiable emails. However, this person provided […]

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Rebuttal to the Austin ISD critique of my study on IDEA Charter Schools

January 7, 2012

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This post includes the information in my rebuttal to the Austin ISD critique of my study of the IDEA charter school system. The Statesman story can be found here: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/austin-school-district-says-critical-idea-study-doesnt-2085799.html Note that Dr. Julian Vasquez-Heilig, a researcher at UT Austin and recent recipient of a University Council for Educational Administration award for research by junior […]

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Where did all those 6th graders go? IDEA and Martin MS Comparison

December 18, 2011

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This posts looks at the most recent cohort of 6th graders enrolling in IDEA Charter Schools and Martin MS in Austin ISD. Why start with 6th graders? Because IDEA Charter Schools are separated into elementary schools (K-5) and secondary schools (6-12). So, theoretically, students enter 6th grade and remain in IDEA Charter Schools until graduation […]

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Achievement Gap in AISD and IDEA Charter Schools

December 17, 2011

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The achievement gap is generally considered to refer to the gap in achievement between two groups of students as measured by test scores. Other measures of the achievement gap include dropout rates, high school completion rates, and college-going rates. Generally, however, the phrase refers to test scores. One rationale for expanding charter schools is that […]

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College-Readiness of IDEA and other High Schools in the Rio Grande Valley

December 11, 2011

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**See updated data at: https://fullerlook.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/idea_charter_college_failures/ While the last post looked at elementary school performance, this post will examine college-readiness performance, the transition to post-secondary institutions of higher education, and performance in four-year universities. Again, all data used in this review are publicly available. This time, data is either from the Academic Excellence Indicator System (http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/aeis/) […]

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IDEA Academy vs East Austin Schools on Achievement and Student Characteristics

December 9, 2011

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This study uses data from the State of Texas to compare three year averages in student characteristics and performance between the one IDEA Charter elementary school with data available over the three year time frame from 2007-08 through 2009-10. The data are all available from either the Texas Comptroller’s FAST website (http://fastexas.org/) or the Academic […]

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Special Education Students and Charter Schools

November 21, 2011

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Not much here but a table. The table lists the number and percentage of public and charter districts that enroll at least 1 student in each special education category. It appears to me that fewer charter districts enroll the most difficult and costly to instruct special education students. For example, 40% of public districts in […]

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More on the Characteristics of Students Entering IDEA Charter Schools

November 21, 2011

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Below is more data on the characteristics of 5th grade public school students (2009-10 school year) entering IDEA charter schools and public schools in the 6th grade (2010-11 school year). Table 1 examines the number and percentage of students enrolled public schools in the IDEA Charter market area in the 5th grade in 2010 that […]

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